Paul Walsh

Head of Student Activities / Programme Lead Tutor / Chairman

  • Date Joined: 15th July 2021
I am an experienced and accomplished Sports Administrator and Team Leader with an impressive track record of developing and delivering a wide range of sporting programmes in a Higher Education environment, having increased student participation in Griffith College’s sports teams by 400%.

My background in the Finance and Business sector has equipped me with a clear understanding of the need for prudent budgeting and the skills to source funding and sponsorship opportunities; I have strong communication and interpersonal skills and I am comfortable dealing with potential investors and external funding agencies.

I have a lifelong passion for sport and relish the opportunity to contribute to the development of Irish sport; as an administrator I have built and maintained strong and lasting relationships with organising bodies across a wide spectrum of sports and have gained invaluable experience in senior voluntary roles with the Colleges FAI.
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Key Skills & Competencies:

Leadership: A former Army Reserve Sergeant in the RDF (Reserve Defence Forces), has valuable experience of leading from the front, keeps a calm and clear head when under pressure, and has highly-developed leadership and mentoring skills.

Communication: Displays strong inter-personal skills and is confident and assured in communicating clear messages and conveying key information.

Personal drive: Self-motivated individual who throws himself whole-heartedly into every challenge and is meticulous is seeing projects through from start to finish.

Planning and Organisation: A highly-organised and analytical administrator who constantly demonstrates the ability to multi-task and maintain a clear focus.

Teamwork: Understands the value of working together to achieve a collective goal and has gained a wealth of experience from collaborating with colleagues and external organisations.

Software Expertise: Proficient in the use of a range of computer software, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, and quick to learn and adapt to other software packages.

Budget Control: With previous experience in the finance industry, is comfortable handling large-scale budgets and recognises the importance. of delivering targets within financial constraints.
Paul Walsh

Qualifications/Accreditation

  • Griffith College Dublin: PgD Education, Learning & Development

    Griffith College Dublin
    PgD Education, Learning & Development
    2021

  • UEFA: B Licence

    UEFA
    B Licence
    2019

  • University College Dublin: MSc Sports & Exercise Management

    University College Dublin
    MSc Sports & Exercise Management
    2010

  • Bankers Institute Ireland: Certificate in Corporate Banking

    Bankers Institute Ireland
    Certificate in Corporate Banking
    2008

  • Griffith College Dublin: BA (Hons) in Business Studies

    Griffith College Dublin
    BA (Hons) in Business Studies
    2004

Career History

  • Bray Wanderers FC

    Bray Wanderers FC
    Head of Education, Community & Partnerships
    2021 – Present

  • Colleges Football Association of Ireland

    Colleges Football Association of Ireland
    Chairman
    2020 – Present

  • Griffith College Dublin

    Griffith College Dublin
    Schools Liaison Officer
    2016 – 2019

  • Griffith College Dublin

    Griffith College Dublin
    Programme Lead Tutor
    2016 – Present

  • Colleges Football Association of Ireland

    Colleges Football Association of Ireland
    Honorary Secretary
    2013 – 2020

  • Griffith College Dublin

    Griffith College Dublin
    Head of Student Activities
    2012 – Present

  • Colleges Football Association of Ireland

    Colleges Football Association of Ireland
    Logistics Manager
    2012 – Present

  • Student Sport Ireland

    Student Sport Ireland
    Administrator
    2011 – 2012

  • Premier Nutrition & Fitness

    Premier Nutrition & Fitness
    Director
    2010 – 2011

  • AIB Capital Markets

    AIB Capital Markets
    Relationship Officer
    2007 – 2009

  • Demeray Ltd

    Demeray Ltd
    Office Manager
    2005 – 2007

  • AIB Home Mortgages

    AIB Home Mortgages
    Special Projects Team Officer
    2004 – 2005

Key Achievements

  • Griffith College Dublin: Established the College’s first sports scholarship scheme; starting with two scholarships it now gives up to 24 athletes each year an opportunity to study and play while on scholarships
  • Griffith College Dublin: Raised the number of students participating in the College’s sports teams and activities by 400%
  • Griffith College Dublin: Developed a far-reaching basketball programme - including a partnership with Superleague club Templegue Basketball - which has seen the College rise from Division 3 to become D1 champions and the highest-ranked College team in I
  • Griffith College Dublin: Generated fresh income streams through sponsorship and other marketing initiatives, including an adidas kit deal
  • Griffith College Dublin: Created a ‘team’ ethos within the department and successfully integrated volunteers into the sports environment
  • Griffith College Dublin: Developed and implemented a Schools Marketing Strategy in close collaboration with faculty heads to drive awareness of the College’s courses amongst Leaving Cert students
  • Griffith College Dublin: In tandem with College’s digital team, created a strong presence on online platforms
  • Griffith College Dublin: Led the establishment of Counselling Service, Welfare Programme and Social Club, supporting the needs of a student population from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures
  • Premier Nutrition & Fitness: Planned, developed and raised the capital for a new start-up business featuring sports supplements and a fully-equipped fitness studio
  • Represent the Colleges FAI on the FAI Senior Council and CUFL International Committee, and lead the executive committee of the CFAI
  • Chair the team responsible for organising international matches and showpiece Cup Finals
  • As Logistics Manager, responsible for organising all transport, accommodation, meals and equipment at tournaments
  • Member of the backroom team supporting the Irish College Squad at four World University Games - Russia 2013, South Korea 2015, Taiwan 2017 and Rome 2019
  • Built a bank of professional contacts at national and international level across a wide spectrum of sports

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